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. myers. i promise you. stay with cnn for the latest on what's happening tonight in japan. coming up tonight at 10:00 eastern, i'll be watching, hope you will as well. anderson cooper hosting a special edition of "a c360" live from japan. now to my colleague wolf blitzer in paris traveling with secretary of state hillary clinton leading up to "the situation room." wolf? >>> prook, thanks very much. happening now, we're following breaking news. a new reactor breakdown adds to fears of a nuclear disaster in japan. u.n. experts insist there's no sign of a meltdown right now, but over the past few hours we've seen another explosion, a radiation spike and almost constant danger. it's 6:00 a.m. tuesday morning in japan, and rescuers are racing against time. we're with the crews searching for survivors and bodies. over three days after that monster quake and tsunami, and the other major story we're following right now. libyan rebels, they are retreating. they are being defeated in some key towns. we're keeping the spotlight on moammar gadhafi's brutal fight to hold on to power. i'm in pair
't forget there are enormous numbers of earthquakes in japan. people are not completely terrified every time there is an earthquake. it happens a lot. it's just that this earthquake was one of the most powerful ones ever recorded. one of the interesting things when you get back to the nuclear power plants, thomas, is the nuclear power plants were designed to with stand earthquakes that were five times less powerful than the one that hit them. they weren't designed to sustain a tsunami at the same time. you have to ask was the planning correct here? that's easier in hindsight, but was it correct in terms of safety measures. >> bob, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> the situation with japan's nuclear reactor brings to mind for a lot of people the 1986 chernobyl disaster in russia and 1979's three mile island disaster in pennsylvania. joining me on the phone is dick thornburg who was governor of pennsylvania during the three mile island crisis. what has been going through your head as you watch the events unfolding in japan and the talk and fear about the nuclear reactors there? >> there
reagan is still off the shore of japan launching aircraft loaded with supplies. but the shift moved further on tuesday after some crewmembers tested positive for low levels of radiation. -- further out to sea after some crewmembers tested for low levels of radiation european pet energy officials are applying stress tests to their plant and germany officials have switched off some of their plants, one of them permanently. >> the nuclear crisis in japan comes just as america had finally started to get past its discomfort with nuclear power, caused more than 30 years ago by three mile island. >> it is called the nuclear present -- renaissance, the growing acceptance in recent years of nuclear energy as a clean, green, and an effective answer to the country's dependence on foreign oil. then came the disaster in japan, still unfolding. >> one fears if one is an advocate of nuclear energy that for now, the nuclear renaissance is over in america. >> for all of its outside, the crisis in japan exposes the downside once again. america is entering the 32nd anniversary of three mile island, ma
of the disaster in japan. >> moments of terror as the earthquake struck. shaken from the magnitude 8.9 earthquake shattered lives and businesses. japan has been keeping records for almost a century and a half and this was the most powerful quake in the country's memory. >> there were shaking, there was sirens. >> the worst was yet to come. after the quake, tsunami waves as high as 33 -- 33 feet in both parts of the north coast. cars and homes picked up like toys by the water. the tsunami created a mass of whirlpool, some 3000 residents were evacuated near a nuclear power plant after the cooling system was deactivated. workers are scrambling to restore the water supply. hundreds of miles away, millions were stranded after the rail network were struck down. a large section of a town of 70,000 burnt into the night. >> some of the most dramatic video shows the tsunami barreling across land. what is it about an earthquake that triggers a tsunami? we spent the day at the maryland science center. >> you have seen how strong they are and the damage that they can produce. earthquakes in japan are not that
with us. more politics ahead with ce cenk uyger. >>> good evening. in a moment we'll go live to japan to cover the historic disaster there. but also on tonight's show, president obama hits back hard at republicans who are trying to blame him for rising gas prices. who's right and who's wrong? we actually have the proof. and we'll expose the republicans' war on education around the country with former pennsylvania governor ed rendell. but we begin with a powerful earthquake that struck northeastern japan. we're just getting the first live pictures of damage in the daylight in japan. you're seeing it right there. request y-- you see people hanging out on the roof there. lower ground is dangerous, higher ground is safer. you see whole sections of town cities, buildings, et cetera, devastated. and the earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude quake and it struck near the coastal city of sendai overnight. it's the largest ever recorded in japan. sky scrapers started shaking and people went running for their lyes. witnesses say the reverberations were so powerful and prolonged they got motion sicknes
alert. t the disaster in japan keeps getting worse. japanese officials confirm that a meltdown could be occurring and we will have the latest. >> dave: this as the death toll is rising, the number of people killed could top a staggering 10,000 in one state alone. >> clayton: take a look at this, satellite image showing what a city in japan looked like before and then after the tsunami. stunning images show how powerful the natural disaster really was. "fox & friends," hour two, starts right now. . >> dave: for many of you it's hour number one, those of you that didn't spring forward and get the clocks reset. it is hour number two. >> clayton: and a lot happening. the nuclear explosion in one of the plants was-- the word from the government that the plant is on the verge of a meltdown. >> alisyn: hard to know. what's the late s, david. >> reporter: there's a warning from the government that there could be an explosion at the plant, there's been a build up of hydrogen, different from the one yesterday and warning that there could have been already a partial meltdown of one of the unit
. >>> time is 5:306789 parts of japan hit by a earthquake and flat nd by a tsunami, a third risk looms. a third reactor is now leaking high levels of radiation and a fourth has caught fire. here's what one official is saying about the threat. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact a human health. i would like all of you to embrace the information calmly. >> there are warnings now affecting 140,000 people in a 12-mile radius of the reauthors. 70,000 have been evacuated. test sites are checking people to see if they were exposed to radiation. in to beingo, 170 miles away, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels, but officials say the levels are too small to threaten any one there. the japanese government is now asked the u.s. for nuclear help. eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on their way to japan. >>> it's so hard to look at pictures and know they are real. if it's tough for us as adults to comprehend, imagine how hard it is trying to explane to your children. you -- explain to your children. you want to ease fierce and accurate
:00 now in japan. i want to direct you to our special earthquake section. at abc2news.com you can find all the latest information on this massive earthquake. then of course to the tsunami. now we're worried about radiation. it's spread from four reactors in the nuclear plant along japan's northeast coast. despite there have been some stories today of success. traffic stretched for miles. as panicked citizens try to flee the area surrounding the stricken fukushima nuclear facility. this man says nobody tells us, the citizens, what is really happening. fire broke out at the reactor number four while an explosion at reactor two prompted fears, cracks in the containment vessel allowed radioactive material to seep out. >> i think we're very close to the point of no return. they are not ready for the eventuality of an uncontrolled breach of containment. >> reporter: the situation is so serious officials did something they had not done up until this point. send most of their workers home. government officials immediately issued instructions, at the height of the exposure alarmingly high radiation
in that country. stocks continue to teeter, could japan's economy cause the u.s. to stumble? we'll look into that. moments ago, a new after shock described by our msnbc team in tokyo as huge and lasting a long time here, we'll hear from chris jansing on that in a home. the threat of a nuclear catastrophe still surrounds japan and a cloud of fear here. the world is watching closely those nuclear reactors at the fukushima plant. 50 workers were ordered out when things got dicey. now they're going back in at great personal risk to try and figure out how to get a handle on things. fires, explosions, and radiation leaks remain a constant threat. it seems no one can predict how this situation will end. the u.s. army trying to ramp up its humanitarian effort to help the people of japan. more than 10,000 people already listed missing or dead. half a million have been evacuated and the cost of the destruction could top $100 billion. the sato family was lucky enough to survive. but when they were returned to their neighborhood, they found there is nothing left for them, their entire town is destroyed, gone
in libya. also breaking news on the deteriorating situation in japan. so welcome, once again, to "american morning." it's been a week now since all of this happened. the tsunami, the earthquake, the number of dead in japan continuing to rise as hopes fade of finding any more survivors amid the rubble. in the meantime, the radiation concerns are spreading, as well. crews are now desperately trying to cool down fuel at one nuclear reactor. the number of dead has climbed to 6,500 people. and the search grows more frantic with 10,000 people still missing. >>> turning to fast-moving developments in libya, stopping gadhafi. britain, france, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be ta
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news, deadly disaster, new concerns of a nuclear meltdown in japan, while that country is still reeling from yesterday's powerful earthquake. >>> many marylanders wait to hear from loved ones in the devastation after the historic earthquake in japan. i'm weijia jiang, hear their story next. >>> game advocates thought 2011 would be their year. we'll explain what is standing in the way of legalizing same-sex marriage. >>> the skies are clear this morning, could we see some warmer weather on the horizon soon? meteorologist tim williams a the answer in his first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> we are getting a look at the scope of the devastation in japan this morning, as a massive rescue effort is underway to find survivors of the disaster that rocked the entire pacific. good morning, welcome to eyewitness news this saturday, i'm gigi barnett. we'll have more on the situation in a moment, but first. >> good morning to you. those pictures and this whole situation is as fascinating as it is horrible. it's one of
>>> this is the latest video from japan this morning, it shows the moment a wall of water from the tsunami rolled ashore last friday. overnight the death toll rose dramatically. the nuclear problems have become worse. in the last ten minutes we've learned of a problem at a third nuclear reactor in japan. our complete coverage will begin in a moment. first, it is the top of the hour, the 14th day of the hospital. not a bad day start overall. christie is in for sharon and meteorologist tim is in for marty in first warning weather. >> a calm start to the day. temperatures in the 30s, the skies are clear. temperatures will go up nicely as a result. intervals of clouds and sun, 50 degrees, partly cloudy skies. and ahead of showers tomorrow they'll be here by wednesday. we'll have your complete forecast in a few moments. >>> the rush for real going on right now. christie is in wjz traffic control. >> don, a busy morning out there. westbound 100 an accident there at the bw parkway slowing your drive down. in the towson area we have a water main break disruption baltimore avenue closed
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> thank you. experts are calling the nuclear crisis in japan a slower-moving nightmare. >> the buildup of radiation was too much. tracie potts has the latest from japan and reaction in the u.s. >> the last 50 workers fled the nuclear plant to escape a huge burst of radiation. >> they have to continue to try. >> officials say 70% of the fuel rods are damaged. 107 miles away in tokyo, residents are leaving despite the surge is that radiation levels are not yet harmful. >> low levels now but we do not know what it will be like tomorrow. is back upnikkei today. >> uncertainty has taken over the markets right now. >> , response the nuclear regulatory commission to explain if our nuclear plants could withstand a 9.0 earthquake. >> we have to make sure that all the bad actors in the industry are sorted out very quickly. >> the government continues to assure americans that radiation levels here are safe. but that has not stopped their run of potassium iodide. one retailer says he has a backlog of 3000 orders. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> many of us in the
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. another 1,000 bodies washed up along japan's earthquake and tsunami-ravaged coast, as the nuclear crisis deepens, with a new explosion at an already damaged power plant. ann curry reports live from the region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, region still reeling from the massive disaster today, monday, march 14, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> the images continue to haunt us all. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira. japan's prime minister calling this the gravest crisis in his country since world war ii. >> the death toll is now estimated at 10,000. that's expected to climb. so far, about 2,800 people are confirmed dead including those 1,000 bodies discovered overnight. meanwhile, 11 workers have been injured during a second hydrogen explosion today at the fukushima nuclear plant and the u.s. military shifted some of the fleet further away from shore after military personnel were exposed to low level radiation. the state department is warning americans
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. >>> and people greeted relatives and loved ones who were the first to return from japan by air. hugs and first flights from tokyo arrived in san francisco during the weekend including a tearful reunion between 10-year- old gavin and his father. listen. >> oh, my god. [audio not understandable] >> well many who returned home yesterday were either on their way to the airport in tokyo or at the airport when the quake struck. people at the airport said they were handing out crackers, water and sleeping bags to everyone stuck. the u.s. germany and many other countries are telling people not to travel to japan. many people are trying to get in touch with loved ones. state department set up a hotline to call. 888-407-4747. you can call or e-mail. if you send an e-mail, put the person's name you are look for and what area of japan they live. you can find that information at abc2news.com. you can find ways to help victims of the quake and tsunami. go to the world news section of our website. >>> at 7 years old, attacked by pit bulls while in front of her home. a young girl is in critical condition and
>>> choppers in the air, water cannons on the ground, japan launches an attack on a crippled nuclear reactor hoping sea water can stop an unfolding nuclear catastrophe on this "american morning." i'm christine romans. welcome to "american morning." it's march 17th, st. patrick's day. >> st. paddy's day. you are irish? >> somewhere am i irish. >> have you have green eyes. >> i'm irish. >> i'm kiran chetry. we're following the latest on japan's crisis. the focus is how to get the reactors cooled down, specifically reactor number three at fukushima's daiichi power station. military helicopters are dropping 30 tons of sea waters on the crippled reactor's pool. >> they're also spraying on the ground, up to a dozen water truxz a trucks are in place. the united states is telling americans to get at least 50 miles away from the reactor. >> there is one more critical development to watch for, engineers are planning to begin the process, which is key in this whole thing, of restoring power to the daiichi complex. they want to bring in external power lines to try to get the plant's cool
politics ahead with cenk uygur. >> the rate to alert a catastrophic nuclear disaster in japan is in high gear. that meltdown could apparently be anywhere between three mile island and chernobyl in its severity. that does not sound good. we'll examine the potential fallout straight ahead. >>> but, of course, devastation is already widespread across japan more than 10,000 are dead or missing. hundreds of thousands are home will you see. with 450,000 in temporary shelters. massive domestic and international rescue and relief efforts are under way. 14 international organization and 102 countries, including afghanistan and cambodia, have offered aid. so far japan has accepted assistance from 15 of those countries, mainly in the form of search-and-rescue teams. usaid has dispafd 148 people and 12 rescue dogs. the u.s. military is integrally the relief efforts, "uss ronald reagan" is refueling, conducting search-and-rescue efforts and assisting with humanitarian air drops. that's the use of the military that we all love, helping others across the world. that's a great thing. relief teams have a
i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. we bin in japan where the nuclear nightmare appears to be getting worse by the hour. a short time ago the u.n.'s nuclear agency said today that the latest explosion at the fukushima nuclear plant may have damaged the outer shell around one of the reactors. a no-fly zone has been imposed for nearly 20 miles in case of more radiation. earlier spikes in radiation levels forced an evacuation of 70,000 people. at the same time some of the most powerful aftershocks in days rocked the country today compounding the sense of fear and desperation among millions of earthquake survivors. chris jansing is live for us in tokyo with latest. chris, there are concerns about this nuclear catastrophe now. what are you hearing is the latest? >> reporter: well, where you are in washington there's a very well-respected nuclear watchdog group that concurs not only that this is worse nan three mile island, but they say the situation has worsened considerableab considerablely and they believe it can reach a 7, equal to chernobyl. that depends on a lot of appro
>>> breaking news. a monster earthquake rocks japan overnight, touching off a massive tsunami that wiped out vast areas. tsunami warnings have been issued for most of the pacific, including hawaii. the earthquake triggered fires that are burning out of control along japan's east coast. transportation is disrupted, and emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only begin to count the casualties. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. a monster earthquake struck japan this morning, triggering a devastating tsunami that swamped a wide patch of the japanese coastline, causing widespread damage, and some major damage, as well. the 8.9 magnitude quake was centered off the northeast japan coastline, about 240 miles northeast of tokyo. it is the biggest quake to hit japan in 140 years. the pictures, they are stunning. take a look. you can see the fires that are still burning at this hour. also, a 13-foot tsunami wave rolled inland, sweeping away everything in its pa
't believe the velocity of the huge stories. first and foremost in japan. >> we start with the latest on the devistration in japan. there is another major exexplosion in fukushima, wrap jap. water levels are far enough allow to partially showing the rods. sparking fears of another melt down. >> and bodies have been found in mlyangi. >> stock tock closed down over there six percent. >> u.s. naval forces are moving away from japan over fears of troops exposed to dangerous radiation particularly on the uss regan. >> rescue relief remains top priority but thousands of people are evacuated near the fukushima nuclear plant. if you look at it. second hydrogen explosion to rock the plant and the massive cloud of smoke is carrying radioactive conitalination and that is a concern for the u.s. naval ship providing humanitarian assistance. that affects uss ronald reagan a hundred miles from the plant. they detected low levels of radiation and prompted the ship to move further out to sea. in fact, the commander of the fleet. vice admiral, reveals that the ships are being temporarily repositioned a
, on japan, where it's 2:00 a.m. and the fight to head off a nuclear meltdown could go either way at this hour. welcome to "america live," everyone. i'm megyn kelly. we've been getting reports all day of growing worries about radiation levels around that damaged nuclear plant. take a look at the images just in to "america live." hundreds of men, women, children, even animals, lining up one by one, waiting to be tested for possible exposure to radiation. the doctors using special equipment to scan individuals head to toe. there are reports that u.s. military personnel aiding in relief efforts are also being exposed to radiation. meantime, a dramatic situation is playing out at the damaged nuke site. we're told that at least 50 workers being described as many as heroic are risking their own lives by staying behind to monitor the situation and try to keep cooling levels in effect. u.s. nuclear officials and international atomic energy agency warning that the safety shield surrounding the nuclear fuel may have been breached. that has more than 140,000 nearby residents locked down insi
on japan. cars and homes swept away by a violent wall of water, now help is on the way. >> for our japanese friends whatever assistance is needed. >> and as rescuers scramble to find survivors, another danger looms. fox 5 is covering every angle of this disaster. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm shawn yancy. >> i'm brian bolter. in japan it is now noon on what will be a very long day. the death toll stands in the hundreds. we'll continue to rise -- will continue to rise. rescue aides are rushing to survivors. >> there has been a state of emergency declared at two nuclear power plants. massive evacuations are underway as workers struggle to prevent meltdowns. fox 5's roz plater has our coverage tonight. >> reporter: radioactive levels have surged to about 1,000 times the normal level and some 14,000 people are being told to evacuate and they're telling people as far as 16 miles away to stay indoors. daylight and the devastation is in clear focus, massive fires spill spewing thick black smoke into the sky and there is trouble at two nuclear plants about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. the qua
are anxious to get out of japan amid fears of radiation exposure from those damage plant spirit >> mark: bay area what they are saying about radiation making it to our shores. >> james: we are watching the weather storm trucker for showing you light shower activity primarily in the south bay. a closer look at that and one to expect the next big storm. >> erica: alive look 101 those taillights toward santa clara traffic is moving well here but i have a fresh hot spot to tell you about straight ahead. >> darya: good morning and thank you for watching the kron 4 morning news at 7:00 a.m.. >> mark: the latest developments coming out of japan. new video of the reactors after a series of explosions and fires. the team that has been looking on the reactor continuing their work this morning. we are showing you the latest this morning. more smoke rising from the plant this morning. they had no choice to pull back when radiation levels were too high. one of the containment buildings is leaking radiation material into the air. the plant sustained at least two fires in four explosions. they are pumping
>>> we've learned a diplomat is confirming radio active fallout from japan has reached southern california. but we have the reason why bay area residents should not be concerned. >>> there's still disturbing overnight news from japan. the big change in the nuclear threat level. >>> also, why this is a nerve- racking morning for thousands of bay area parents. "mornings on 2" begins right now. >>> well, good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's friday, march 18th. >>> rain falling in parts of the bay area, windy out there and the big storm is on the way, right, steve? >> that's correct. we've had pockets of moderate rain and then we'll get areas where it's cloudy and the rain lets out. it's already moving in towards mendocino county and for the bay, it's beginning to show itself across the coast. there's area where the rain has picked up, especially towards napa and down towards rodeo and cordelia. south bay had a little bit of rain. looks like it's let up. on the peninsula, there's one band that went through. there's still plenty to come. this front will give us mo
and strong allies in japan, as they've come to terms and wrestled with this challenging situation. most of you know that our equipment that we sent over to support them has arrived on a c-17. we sent a team of 33 additional people which were in addition to the six people we already had out there in japan. they had over 17,000 pounds of equipment with them. they've unpacked that. they've taken the two pods that do the aerial measurement of ground depositions and mounted them, one on a fixed-wing aircraft and one on a helicopter and we flew those aircraft on their first missions. we've been collecting information as they've come back. we're in the process of sharing that information with our japanese hosts and while that's still being looked at, preliminary indications are that they're consistent with the recommendations that came down from the nuclear regulatory commission. so indications are, it looks like the 50-mile evacuation was prudent. other countries around the world continue to do what they can do support the japanese as they lead this effort to address this challenge. we've had
by the moment in japan as more radiation is spewing in the atmosphere from the damaged nuclear plant. david piper in the air base west of tokyo. good morning, david. >> martha: the nuclear crisis is a dangerous level now. the fukushima nuclear complex has had a number of a explosion and they are saying it is moving to a dangerous level and the international nuclear agency said that fire started in a storage plant that spent nuclear fuel. japanese officials told them the fire was out now because they reportedly had help from the u.s. military. radiation leveled have sored around the complex. japanese authorities told people to seal doors and winnows and stay in home and avoid going out at all. japanese prime minister said radiation is released from the three reactors from the nuclear plant and a high risk of more radiation coming out. reactors are over heat raising the risk. japan has imposed a no fly zone over the plant. high levels of radiation in tokyo and now reportedly dropping. but just outside of tokyo there are above the normal level by 10 times. back to you in the studio. >> martha:
's largest private employ ear. >>> we have felt the earth move but with what's happening in japan should be be looking into buying quake insurance? our don't waste your money plan figures it out for you. >> and starting tomorrow and continuing through july taxi cabs will charge an extra dollar fuel sur charge for riders with in the district. >> you can play on the man made court in the festival or follow the rolling meat ball, the millersville. . >>> as we keep watching japan the nuclear regulation commission said we don't expect to see radiation at farmful levels reaching baltimore. the epa has interesting websites set up and it monitoring the food and water. we have an air monitor system here, there is one in dc and one up in dover delaware and the monitors that were checked today detected levels far below any levels for concern. i want to chase everybody to the website, it's interesting, it's epa.governor/japan 2011. we have it waiting for you on the website. >> you know a power company in charge of japan's nuclear reactor said they made a mistake when they measured radiation level
on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> the u.s. military says charter flights are leaving half fall from japan. many families have decided to stay. low levels of radiation have been detected in tokyo and beyond. tracie potts is in washington with the very latest. >> 600 americans are stuck north of sendai. the u.s. is sending in buses to get them. >> we're bringing in all available resources. we will protect american citizens who may in harm's way. >> not much has changed at the nuclear plant. it could take weeks to get the situation under control. the u.s. is now starting to collect its own data. >> when the united states says to evacuate up to 50 miles, there is a sound reason for that. >> basic physics and science says there cannot be any risk or harm to anyone here in the united states. >> few americans have boarded flights from japan. those who are coming home are being tested. >> we're screening passengers and cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. >> the fallout here at home. general motors is shutting down a plant because of a parts shortage from japan. nearly
from where we left off on friday. >> breaking news from japan. >> smoke spotted coming from a damaged nuclear reactor. engineers are struggling there to prevent a meltdown after a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. let's get to anna coren. i understand it's now been evacuated. what's going on there? >> reporter: that's exactly right, ali. they thought they were getting a handle on the situation, that it was stable until about 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. that was when they saw gray smoke coming from reactor number three. that's been a reactor that was a huge problem. where they think there are low levels o of water in the pools that house the spent fuel rods. so when the smoke came at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, it only took about 15 minutes before they decided they needed to get the workers out of there straight away into another building. there are some 430 workers at the fukushima daiichi power plant. we don't know how many were involved in reactor three. and we don't have any reports of, you know, severe exposure to radiation or injuries. we are working to get those
.9 earthquake is the biggest earthquake to hit japan. >> and cities along the west coastline are breathing a sigh of relief they were largely spared the tsunami's wrath. with you -- but they did not escape totally. noelle walker has more. >> in hawaii seven-foot waves crashed on maui and sent residents scrambling for safety. in oregon coastal residents awoke to tsunami sirens. >> they started screaming and yelling and running through the trailer park getting everybody up. >> boats were tossed around in santa cruz like they were bathtub toys. south of san francisco beaches were closed and eastbound highways clogged with cars. coastal residents were evacuated to higher ground. in cressent city, most destruction was isolated to harbors and marinas. damage is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. president obama offered immediate aid. >> our hearts go out in japan and across the region. they will stand with us as we recover and rebuild across this region. >> a tragedy that could just as easily happened here. >> for many people here in maryland have been struggling to get in touch with fr
of a nuclear meltdown after a second explosion at a plant in japan. >> rescuers continued to comb through the destruction. kristen dahlgren has the latest from tokyo. >> with heavy equipment and bare hands, rescue workers continue their desperate search for survivors. in increasing grim scene. >> my relatives and friends are missing after the tsunami destroyed the village. >> reports of some 2000 bodies found. the unofficial count, more than 10,000 still missing. surviving the aftermath is proving just as challenging. for many, there is no food, no water, no electricity. not even gas to make it to safety. the sirens still sound as after fresh pack. another hydrogen explosion at the focus shiite nuclear plant. the reactor can no longer cool itself. -- at the fukushima power plant. surviving the quake was just a start. kristen dahlgren, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a johns hopkins professor will soon head to japan to investigate the structural integrity of the buildings still standing. there will analyze the damage in an effort to figure out why some buildings collapsed and others denied. it has to
>>> the danger of a nuclear disafter ther in japan continues to grow. >> the situation at a plant damaged in the earthquake and tsunami so severe that workers fighting to prevent a meltdown were withdrawn from the plant. the latest on the radiation risk this morning. >>> here at home. >>> the search for suspects in a murder at a bethesda business continues. what the community is doing it keep everyone safe. fox 5 morning news continues right now. >>> good morning. it is 6:00 on this wednesday, march 16th. thank you for waking up with us this morning as we take a live look over washington, d.c. a little wet on the roadways out there as you head out today. thanks for waking up with us. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm steve chenevey. glad to be along with you this morning. tony perkins with us as we try to dry things out today. >> we had some overnight rain, a couple more showers out there to the east. we'll see improvement through the course of the day although i think a lot of clouds will hang around. we'll show you how things are shaping up early this morning. you will see that the prec
design that survivers are still out there in japan. >>> an international superstar who once hoped to be haiti's next president is shot overnight. >>> let's take a look outside. the roads are still wet. it has been a busy night overnight, and we're going to talk live with the chp, next. >>> good morning to you, giving you a look at somersault this morning. southwesterlies 10 to 15 miles per hour. 46degrees, slightly warmer than yesterday. unsettled weather remains in the forecast. >>> the storm kept chp officers busy overnight. rains are going to continue to fall. with us right now is sam morgan to talk about what the situation is. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm good, how are you? how was the night last night? i'm sure it was nonstop busy for you guys. >> officers were busy. most we had were spinouts, and what we call property damage only collision. that mostly results from motorists driving too fast, and following too closely. >> yeah. >> go ahead. >> sorry. when you guys are out there, is the main problem speed? everyone knew the storm was coming, the roads ar
to "washington journal" on this wednesday, march 16, 2011. the latest from japan -- "the new york times" headline -- "second reactor may have ruptured." first, let's start with the war in afghanistan. do you think it is worth fighting? a "the washington post" abc news poll says 2/3 of americans say it is not. the numbers -- we also have a line set up for active duty military. you can also e-mail us and we are on twitter. we will read your tweets on the air this morning. this is the story in "the washington post" yesterday looking at the war in afghanistan. "the afghan war is not worth fighting, most in the u.s. say." host: what do you think? is the war in afghanistan worth fighting? do you think it has been productive so far? if you think this time for a pullout? fairfax, virginia. jack joins us. good morning. caller: good morning. i had a comment about the war and one other comment. i do not think it is worth fighting. we're spending $2 billion per week and countless companies are just taking this money. it cannot be accounted for. that is why i think the republicans are all four wards because t
:00. >>> crippled nuclear plant in japan. wjz has complete coverage. alex demetrick has complete support. one week after the earthquake and tsunami, the relief effort is being overshadowed by the fears of a nuclear disaster. >>> white smoke billowed from one of four damaged reactors, as crews frantically work to restore power at the crippled plant. they're trying to restart cooling pumps and prevent a total meltdown. but it's unclear whether the systems will operate when the electricity is restored. new video shows extensive damage. japanese officials responded to criticism that they're downplaying the severity of radiation leaks. >> on friday, the government acknowledged they were slow to respond to the crisis. test flights show the worst contamination has not spread past the 19-mile evacuation zone. >> nuclear radioactivity was dangerous. harmful for human health. in other cities, like in tokyo, it is not the case. >> reporter: but many in tokyo are leaving. forecasters say shifting winds could push radiation toward the capital over the weekend. >> united nation scientists who are currently in j
night here in japan. the snows were very heavy around the most seriously affected areas. so you have all the people without heat, without electricity. food and water supplies remain very low as do gas supplies. it is tough for people to get around, although they did have some buses of people, evacuees they were able to take out of the immediate area. and they're continuing to test people, including babies for radiation contamination. but red cross workers, other international aid organizations, they're being very cautious right now. they have actually pulled back a little farther away from the nuclear plant. obviously they want to protect the health and safety of their workers as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind conditions will spread the radiation to other regions. jennifer car fog kncarfagno has tracking the winds for us. let's talk about what chris was reporting about the dangerous freezing temperature s that some peopl
in libya, as rebel forces continue gaining ground. >>> radiation risk. levels at japan's crippled nuclear power plant reach record highs. and traces of radiation show up in massachusetts' rain water. >>> and if the slipper fits. virginia commonwealth university makes a stunning cinderella run virginia commonwealth university makes a stunning cinderella run to the final four. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, good to see you on this monday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. we begin in libya this morning, under an umbrella of international air strikes, rebel forces are moving west this morning towards the capital of tripoli. allied air raids targeted moammar gadhafi's hometown sirte. there are unconfirmed reports that the city has fallen into rebel hands. earlier, rebel forces resigned control of two key oil ports, ras lanuf and brega. nato is assuming command of all aerial operations in libya from the u.s. and tonight president obama will address the nation to discuss the u.s. mission in libya. joel brown is in washington with more. joel, good morning to you. >> t
are coming out of japan. right now, it's believed there is a major radiation leak coming from that nuclear plant damaged in last week's earthquake. just a short thyme ago, japan's prime minister warned anyone living within 19 miles of the plant to stay inside. tonight, charlie d'agata reports for wjz from tokyo. >> reporter: troubles worsen in japan's fukushima plant. this one at unit 2. radiation levels shot up. nuclear rods in that reactor overheated on monday. 11 workers were injured. japan has asked for expert help but officials are downplaying the severity. >> no, it will manage. >> reporter: residents still in the area of fukushima were evacuated. this shelter is at capacity. and thousands of people were screened for radiation exposure. my biggest concern, she says, is nuclear radiation. it will jeopardize our health. while the fear of radiation hangs in the air, on the ground it's aftershocks. some of them powerful enough to be considered earthquakes in their own right that threaten a nuclear -- the nuclear problem and hamper rescue efforts. [ sirens ] >> reporter: that's the down o
containment efforts in japan as the government there raises the alert level. >> suarez: plus jeffrey kaye, in beijing, has chinese reaction to the japanese nuclear crisis. >> the nation is in the process of building 37 new nuclear pourpts, and is now reexamining safety. >> brown: mark shields and david brooks provide their weekly analysis. >> suarez: and fred de sam lazaro gets a rare look inside syria, where the government is just beginning to be challenged by protesters. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> okay, listen. somebody has got to get serious. >> i think... >> we need renewable energy. >> ...renewable energy is vital to our planet. >> you hear about alternatives, right? wind, solar, algae. >> i think it's going to work an a big scale. only, i think it's going to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to make it work. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 yea
. gather tuchman, japan. >> thanks for the being with us this afternoon. news room continues right now with ali velshi. >> have a great afternoon. i'll pick up exactly where you left off. bring on the water and hook up the power. those are the two main strategies for bringing down the heat and, therefore, the danger at the nuclear plant that incredibly has overshadowed the natural disasters in japan. witness an act right here of sheer desperation. japanese helicopters trying to douse a super hot reactor building. reactor number three at fukushima daiichi. they dropped 7.5 tons of sea water in each of four runs over 40 minutes and appeared to have accomplished little other than to expose the crews to radiation. later, fire trucks tried to hose the building down and that's supposed to continue through the night. at the same time, the work is under way to restore electricity that was knocked out by the tsunami, electricity that runs the pumps that keeps the reactor water circulating and the fuel rods at stable temperatures. that's the whole goal of this mission. i want you to see what tho
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to friday's earthquake that killed more than 10,000. japan's prime minister says it was the worst crisis since world war ii. while japan works to control its nuclear facilities from a third explosion, here and the united states, some lawmakers are asking for a halt to our nuclear power facilities. your thoughts on the that this morning. we will begin with "the new york times" and their head line. "u.s. nuclear push may be in peril." also this morning, it notes and "the washington post" -- a wary look at u.s. nuclear plants. regulators are reviewing license applications for 20 reactors -- yesterday on the sunday show, senator joseph lieberman, independent, talked about whether or not to have a temporary halt on nuclear power. here is what he had to say. >> we have 104 nuclear power plants in our country. every year, once a year, fema, nuclear regulatory commission, they go through emergency planning to see what they would do if it's a disaster struck. -- if a disaster struck. the reality is we are watching something unfold and we do not know where it is going regarding nuclear power plant
, and continuing crises in japan and the budget story at home. the most significant new was story. we will go to your phone calls right away to hear what is most important to you in a week of unfolding big issues. we will go to the newspapers as we are waiting for your calls. as you can see, britain, france, and the united states are lined up for air strike against coffee -- gaddafi. it suggests in the newspapers the airplanes may well immediately. "the chicago tribune" tells us american officials expect the united states would do the heavy lifting in a campaign that may include air strikes on tanks and artillery and at the same time u.s. officials cautioned the united states and allies intend to limit their involvement, allowing for no troops on the ground. the libyan story, japan story, and the budget situation at home. the continuing resolution that punts the decisions on the budget until the beginning of april. they left town this friday morning. we would like to hear which of these stories are most important to you this friday morning. let's begin with a call from san antonio, texas. rob
is the devastating earthquake that destroyed everything in its path in japan. it is the biggest recorded quake to hit japan. >> as japan tries to get a grasp on the number of victims, citizens on the west coast of the united states are breathing a sigh of relief, even though we did not totally at the skate. >> the tsunami waves that swept across the northern japanese coast arrived at the u.s. coast hours later. in hawaii, 7-foot waves sent residents scrambling for safety. >> it swirled us, and slammed the. >> in oregon, coastal residents woke up to sirens. >> they started screaming and yelling and running through the trailer park. >> the current tossed around boats. south of san francisco beaches were closed as coastal residents evacuated. in crescent city, most of the destruction was isolated to harbors and marinas. the damage in japan is still being tallied, and president obama offered immediate aid. >> our hearts go out to our friends in japan, and we will stand with them as they recover and rebuild. >> it is a tragedy that could just as easily happen here. >> this morning, things appear to be get
side. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> rescue efforts continue in japan. thousands still remain unaccounted for. >> the nuclear power plant crisis continues. kristen dahlgren has the latest from tokyo. >> with heavy equipment and bare hands, rescue workers continue the desperate search for survivors. virtually every piece of debris that's moved away reveals an increasingly grim scene. >> my relatives and friends are missing after the tsunami destroyed the village. they were all washed away. >> in one area, reports of some 2,000 bodies found. the unofficial count -- more than 10,000 still missing. and for the survivors of the quake, surviving the aftermath is proving just as challenging. as temperatures dip below freezing, for many there is no food, no water, no electricity. not even gas to make it to safety. [siren] the sirens still sound as aftershocks and more tsunami warnings bring fresh panic. and then there's this -- another hydrogen explosion, this time in the number three reactor at the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant. officials say the reactor ca
to improve u.s. relations with south america. >>> the nuclear crisis in japan is raising more fears this morning. owners of the crippled plant said gray smoke is coming from the third unit. it has been leaking since the massive earthquake it is now said that japan's tap water is not safe for infants. the u.s. is just announced it is banning food imports from the infected regions of japan. >>> there are report that it is u.s. is considering evacuating military service members on stationed in japan. sailors have been given potasz ium pills. >>> a new poll shows that d.c. voters give he and kwame brown low marks. kimberly? >> this is a poll, toppant lifts break it down this way. mayor gray is off to a rocky start. proposal at 31%. a poll before the primary, gray posted a fafrability rating of 60%. 54% say he is not living up to a high standard of ethics, and 46% say he is not providing strong leadership. he gets strong marks for improving education and keeping in touch with citizens. as for council chairman kwame brown, his disapproval ratings, 43%. ratings for both men are lower than
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